New Hampshire Legal Assistance

Helping to balance the scales of justice for everyone since 1971.

Domestic Violence Legal Help

Domestic Violence Legal Help

The Domestic Violence Advocacy Project represents victims in emergency protective order hearings and in divorce and parenting (custody) cases. The issues typically addressed in these cases are the following: restraining orders and emergency relief, parental rights and responsibilities (child custody and visitation), paternity, child support, alimony and property division.

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Public Benefits

Public Benefits

Benefits Project advocates help individuals obtain the assistance they need to stabilize their income and move toward self-sufficiency as possible. Advocates help the disabled obtain Social Security, SSI, and APTD benefits and access to health care through Medicare and Medicaid. The Project also works for improvements in the APTD/Medicaid system.

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Housing Legal Services

Housing Legal Services

NHLA focuses its efforts on a variety of housing issues with its Housing Justice Project.

Housing Justice Project (HJP) attorneys and paralegals promote equal access to housing for NHLA clients by working on preserving their housing. The HJP helps individuals and families who are either currently without shelter or are at imminent risk of becoming homeless. The HJP also investigates complaints of discrimination and assists people who are victims of housing discrimination.

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Special Projects

Special Projects

NHLA responds to the emerging needs of clients with new projects and efforts, often in collaboration with other organizations in the state.  Some of these include programs concerning Childrens Dental Health, as well as the Youth Law Project, which works with children and teenagers who are facing delinquency or CHINS petitions.

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Legal Services for Older Adults

Legal Services for Older Adults

The Senior Law Project (SLP) assists our state’s most economically and socially needy seniors with civil legal problems including consumer protection/debt collection, health care, public and private housing, family problems, food stamps, public assistance benefits, utility shut-off, and nursing facility and assisted living/residential care facilities problems.

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Our Mission


During the COVID-19 public health emergency, New Hampshire Legal Assistance is OPEN. We have made some changes to protect the health of our staff and our clients. Staff are generally working from home. We are not answering telephone calls live. Instead, leave a message and we will call you back. We are also not taking walk-in clients at our offices. Instead, please call us or apply for help online at

NHLA's mission is to fulfill America’s promise of equal justice by providing civil legal services to New Hampshire’s poor, including education and empowerment, advice, representation, and advocacy for systemic change.

We offer our clients high-quality civil legal aid to address the legal problems that affect their daily survival and most basic needs. These services range from simple legal information and advice to vigorous and thorough representation in all of New Hampshire's courts and before many of the local, state and federal agencies which play large roles in their lives. In providing legal services to the poor, NHLA helps ensure the legal system provides the fairness and justice that all New Hampshire residents deserve. 

NHLA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, and gender identity, in the delivery of services.

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NHLA priority issues

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NHLA, Pro Bono expand program to help low-income debtors

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Efficient, knowledgeable and courteous...

[The advocate] was more than helpful – she explained and re-explained issues to me. She is very efficient, knowledgeable and courteous. She always returns my calls in a timely manner. She made a hard time in my life more bearable.

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Latest News

Evictions continue, could worsen

Posted Nov 24, 2020

By Daniela Allee, NH Public Radio Evictions in New Hampshire have been steady and relatively low since the state and federal moratorium on evictions ended this summer. In the past month, there’s been a weekly average of about 50 evictions. That’s about a third lower than the weekly number of more

In a Covid-19 crisis? Civil legal aid can help.

Posted Nov 20, 2020

Civil legal aid: free legal help when you're in crisis
The state’s civil legal aid network has provided free emergency legal  assistance to hundreds of low-income and older Granite Staters pushed into crisis by the pandemic. Advocates have helped clients fight illegal evictions, obtain more

There's help if you can't pay your utility bill

Posted Nov 17, 2020

Are you struggling to keep up with your electric, gas, and fuel bills? There is help available. Learn what assistance is available and how to get it in this webinar by NH Legal Assistance attorney Ray Burke, several of the state's utility companies and representatives of the Community Ac more

Scam Alert: We do not ask clients to pay legal costs

Posted Nov 05, 2020

NH Legal Assistance is warning residents about a phone scam by individuals claiming to be NH Legal Assistance attorneys. In the call, the scammer tells the target a relative has been arrested and needs bail money immediately. In one case, a scammer posing as “a public defender from NH Legal Assi more

State's error leads to $12,000 bill

Posted Nov 04, 2020

By Todd Bookman, NH Public Radio
For months, Stephen Ordway had March 13 circled on his calendar. That was opening day for Dos Mexican Eats, his new restaurant in Dover, N.H. Then eight short days after selling his first burrito, the pandemic forced Ordway to close down. "It was terrible," O more